Friday, November 2, 2018

skincare routine

Have you ever wondered what people with flawless skin do to get their skin looking amazing? Ever wondered why when your favorite YouTuber applies makeup it always comes out looking flawless but then you follow her exact steps but yours comes out looking crusty or not as amazing? It's probably because of their skincare routine. Most of us just wake up, splash water on our faces and rub cream and we're out of the door, some don't even apply a cream. But if you want to have flawless skin and you want your makeup application to look seamless then you’ll have to adopt a skincare routine that would cater to your skin needs.

 To start off, you have to be able to determine your skin type. There are various skin types and they are; normal, dry, oily and combination skin.  Determining your skin type is crucial to know the kind of products that you would include in your skincare routine. You can check out this post on how to determine your skin type for tips. 

Now that you have determined your skin type, what next? The next thing to understand is the basic rules or formula of a good skincare routine and it is Cleansing, Moisturizing, and Protecting (CMP). These are the most essentials parts of a skincare routine and your skin can begin to look amazing just by adding these three steps into your routine. Now let’s go into each step. 

You would not believe the amount of dirt, oils and dead cells that can be found on the surface of our skin daily. When cleansing our skin, most of those elements are removed and thus giving off a fresher and more radiant complexion. As there are various skin types, so are there cleansers. Different products are formulated for different skin types So it is important to use the cleansers that are formulated for our particular skin type in order to reap every benefit that a cleanser would give. The chart below shows the type of cleanser you should be using for your skin type.

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Image source: Nytimes.com

Moisturizing is simply hydrating your skin after cleansing which strips your skin of moisture. Every skin type should ensure moisturizing, even those with oily skin. If you fail to moisturize, it tricks the skin to think that it’s dehydrated and then sebaceous glands will then overcompensate by producing a lot of oil. Hydration and moisture help the skin to look younger and more radiant. There are also different types of moisturizers for different skin types and the table below shows this.

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Image source: Nytimes.com

After all the steps of cleaning and moisturizing have been done, it would be a complete waste of time and product if it is not followed up by a sunscreen. I know, we are blacks and we have more melanin in our skin and this does reduce the extent of penetration by the sun’s UV rays but it is not enough. Adding a sunscreen to your routine has been said to be the most essential part of any skincare routine. Sunscreens generally help to reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and enlarged pores but they also help in the prevention of skin cancer. It is recommended to use a broad spectrum with at least SPF 30. Some moisturizers do contain SPF so you can kill two birds with one stone but be sure to check that the SPF is not below 30. 

With this three steps, you have been able to form a basic skincare routine that would take your skin from drab to fab in no time. However, there are some other skincare enhancers that can take your routine a step further. 

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Skincare Enhancers 

This helps to further remove the excess dirt, oils, and impurities that remain after cleansing. It helps to balance the skin’s pH and to further prep the skin for moisture. There are different toners with different active ingredients such as rose water (which you can read up about its numerous benefits in this post ) for irritation and redness amongst other things, vitamin C for its anti-aging properties, etc. 

Facial Oils/Essence /Serums 
These provide further hydration and have varying benefits such as skin aging, wrinkling, etc. 

Eye cream 
If you have problems around the area of your eyes such as puffy eyes, dark circles, dry skin then you should include an eye cream targeted at those problems into your routine. 

Face masks 
There are so many different types of face masks in the markets today from sheet masks to clay masks to peel off masks. The different type of face masks combats different things such as dryness, hyperpigmentation. I actually enjoy using face masks in my pamper routine. 

These help to remove the dead skin cells that may be clogging our pores. It is advised to use this at most twice a week as it can be harsh and strip the skin of its essential oils. 

Lip care 
Your lips are not left out too. Just like our skin, our lips have layers of dead skin cells on its surface and to remove that we need to exfoliate our lips regularly. I have a DIY lip scrub post on my blog that is easy and effective, make sure you check it out. After exfoliating, it is important to moisturize our lips. This is what lip balms are for. 

Building a skincare routine may seem complicated but it is not really. Just try to discern what your skin needs and include a product that supplies that need. Your skincare routine could be a 3-step routine or 25- step routine, it is up to you. The only essentials have been laid out in this post, just follow it and sit back and watch your skin glow. We deserve glowing skin. Remember that a skincare routine isn’t an instant fix, give products at least 6 weeks to check how effective they are. Be patient with it and you’ll be glad you did. 

I have decided to embark on a #glowingskinjourney and I would be updating the blog with posts of products that I use and information that I gather so that we can all attain glowing skin. Please let me know if you enjoyed this post or got something from it.
For further reading, you can check out this post on nytimes.com and skincare.com

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